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Painting Portraits with Acrylics - Step 1 Creating Your Sketch


My Introduction Video: 

About This Class:

Painting Portraits with Acrylics  

Learn how to create portraits by starting from sketch, to background, to the final figure and finishing touches. Follow along with Ania as she shows you how to develop the skills to paint portraits: whether realistic, fantasy, or otherwise. Let her walk you through the process in a series of classes. 

Step 1: Sketching Your Face 
Step 2: Creating Your Background
Step 3: Painting Your Subject
Step 5: Painting The Face 
Step 6: Finishing Touches 

Examples of Past Portraits: 




Get tips, tricks, and work along with her while she works on a commission piece: A Portrait of an Autumn Fairy  

Step 1 Creating your Face Sketch

Often times, the main focus of the portrait is the person's face. Follow along with Ania as she explains the basics in understanding how to create your starting sketch, beginning with the face. Learn how face proportions work, explore different facial structure shapes and tricks, and learn to understand the face enough to paint what you see. 

Click Here for Video Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Finding a Model
  3. Understanding Facial Proportions
  4. Drawing Eyes
  5. Drawing Noses
  6. Drawing Lips
  7. Putting it All Together! 
  8. Cheats! 

Class Project: Create Your Face Sketch

Following along with this class create your first basic face sketch that will serve as your model for your eventual painting.

Create your sketch and upload a picture to the Class Project Gallery for critique and tips on how to improve.

You can work on a similar version of the painting Ania is doing, or create your own subject. Don't be afraid to get creative: whether you paint a realistic portrait of someone you know, a fantasy re-imagining of yourself, or just decide to do something completely out of your imagination.

You can upload your sketch as a photograph or a scanned image, as long as the sketch is clearly visible. You can decide how detailed you want it, whether just a basic guide or a full on sketch of your painting.

Having a hard time deciding what to paint?

Project Prompt: Create a Fantasy-themed Sketch of Yourself.


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